NEA Awards $27.7M in Arts Funding for ’16

New funding includes money for national parks projects

Jason Garcia Ignacio in Thirst, a film made in the protected desert of Wadi Rum in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of Paul Gordon Emerson)

Jason Garcia Ignacio in Thirst, a film made in the protected desert of Wadi Rum in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Photo: Courtesy of Paul Gordon Emerson)

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced it will award $27.7 million to support 1,126 projects in 49 states plus American Samoa, the District of Columbia and Guam in its first round of 2016 funding.

Art Works, this round’s major funding category, will provide $26 million via 996 grants. The grants focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines.

The 50th anniversary of the NEA also coincides with the centennial of the National Park Service. To celebrate both milestones, the NEA invited applications to its Art Works category for projects taking place in national parks as Imagine Your Parks projects. 33 such projects got $797,500 in awards.

“These projects, from all over the nation, will make a difference in their communities,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu in a release. “We know from experience as well as through hard evidence that the arts matter and these projects will provide more opportunities for people to learn, create, and experience the value of the arts in so many different ways.”

Also included in this funding round are 130 Challenge America grants, which extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. This category offers $10,000 matching grants that total $1.3 million.

Click here for a list of the 1,126 awardees sorted by city and state.

The NEA has awarded over $5 billion in grants across every state and U.S. jurisdiction, since its inception 50 years ago.